I thought I was going to watch more things this month, with it being the spooky season, but I ended up spending most of my time reading (post to come). However, the things I watched were pretty excellent.
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright – ♥♥♥♥♥
Living With Yourself (Season 1) – ♥♥♥♥♥
Big Mouth (Season 4) – ♥♥♥♥♥
Netflix really knows how to hit my sweet spot. These three programs all include some of my very favorite people. The newest season of Big Mouth was hilarious of course. I wish I had the show when I was younger. And it’s not all sex jokes, all the characters are growing and figuring out their bodies and who they are as people.
Jenny Slate is one of the funniest people I’ve ever seen. She created this stand-up special in such a creative way. Not only does she do a regular stand-up set, but it is interspersed with conversations with her family, pictures of her childhood, and her discussing her stage fright. Jenny Slate is definitely not for everyone, but I adore her and her comedy.
I didn’t know what to think about Paul Rudd’s new show—I only really decided to watch it because he was in it. After the first episode I was hooked. Casting him was such an excellent choice because of his range as an actor. It was funny and heartbreaking and frustrating. The eight episodes just flew by and I didn’t want it to end.
90 Day Fiancé Franchise ♥♥♥
Modern Love (Season 1) ♥♥♥.5
It finally happened, I got hooked on the craziness that is 90 Day Fiancé and it’s many iterations. The couples are just wild and so entertaining. Sometimes you need some mindless TV. Modern Love is an anthology series based on a very popular column in the New York Times focusing on different types of love and human connection. With most anthologies, either written or on screen, you’re not going to love every episode, but a lot of them were pretty good. I would have liked to see more diverse stories being told and hopefully that will happen in the next season.
What We Do in the Shadows ♥♥♥♥♥
El Camino ♥♥♥♥♥
GREAT MOVIES! I know Joker is pretty controversial, but I loved it. Joaquin Phoenix was unreal, probably my favorite performance of his. Such an insane character study of this man as he slowly loses his mind when he’s let down by the city and the people around him, leading him into insanity.
I can’t believe it took me so long to see both Coraline and What We Do in the Shadows. Taika Waititi is so amazing and I feel like he’s finally getting the acclaim he deserves. Oh, and El Camino was the Jesse Pinkman redemption story we were all hoping for. Loved the flashbacks and subtle nods to the original series.
Quality over quantity for this month, but get ready. November and December is when we get all the new releases for awards season and there are SO many movies I’m getting pumped for—Frozen 2, Knives Out, Little Women, Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers!!!